About

Welcome to my blog. After many years in the public service and working in the real world, I am now writing books. I have written and published a historical novel, A Weaver’s Web, set in early 19th century Manchester area of the UK. It is available at Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00H52SEEK), US (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H52SEEK) and other countries as well as Google Play, Kobo and Apple.

A Weaver’s Web is about handloom weaver Henry Wakefield and his family who live in abject poverty in early 19th century Manchester, UK. He clashes with everyone from his wife Sarah to a factory agent, a local priest, and reformers, and son Albert runs away. Henry starts his own factory and becomes quite wealthy, but family members suffer. While Henry makes money, Sarah is put in the lunatic asylum, Albert is sent to New South Wales as a convict, and another son Benjamin faces eviction from the family home for having a baby to an orphan girl. Finally, someone starts a fire at Henry’s factory at night, but he is inside it.

The novel has a star average of 4.8 at Goodreads and 4.7 at Amazon, which is right up there. Selected comments by reviewers:

– It is a heartbreaking story of love, loss, acceptance and growth.
– It is beautifully written and crafted into an immediate classic.
– … this book is pure delight from start to finish.
– A mesmerizing novel of the struggle between the individual and the Industrial Revolution
– … this will be my favorite (best) read of the year!
– His writing style is of very high quality, not unlike a modern day Charles Dickens …
– … it was almost like a Mancunian Grapes of Wrath, but with the poor family finding its wealth. (UK literary agent)
– … watching the drama of this fascinating family unfold could be likened to the writing of Fitzgerald or John Dos Passos, compelling and brutally sincere.

I have written a non-fiction book, Through the Eyes of Thomas Pamphlett: Convict and Castaway, which I plan to publish as an ebook later in 2014 or early 2015. Printed copies are still available at Amazon and a few other book sites. Also, I am writing a book on the history of daylight saving time.

I will aim to respond to any comments I receive here on the blog.

Chris Pearce, BEcon (Hons), MBA
Brisbane, Australia
2014

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12 thoughts on “About”

  1. Thanks Vinny and Awesome Gang for adding A Weaver’s Web synopsis and my bio, as well as for the author interview. Much appreciated.

  2. Thanks for following my blog, Chris. I look forward to reading your novel and your blog.

  3. Hi Chris (from the U – S of A),
    My name is Ian Skotte and I produce the history-based podcast the Road to Now with Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers and Dr. Benjamin Sawyer of Middle Tennessee State University. Would you be interested in joining us on the show to talk about the History of Daylight Saving Time?
    Some Background
    Our show looks to the past to understand the present. Recent guests include CNN Presidential Historian Dr. Douglas Brinkley, former Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis, Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford Dr. Clayborne Carson, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, controversial athlete and 7-time Tour de France cyclist Lance Armstrong, Bloomberg White House Correspondent Margaret Talev and more.
    Our interviews typically go for 30 – 45 minutes and are conducted via Skype.
    You can find out more about The Road to Now on our website: http://www.theroadtonow.com
    Thank you for your time, and we look forward to speaking with you on the Road to Now.
    Sincerely,
    Ian Skotte
    Producer
    The Road to Now
    w/ Dr. Benjamin Sawyer
    and Bob Crawford
    theroadtonow.com

    • Hi Ian
      Thanks for this. Yes, I think I’d be interested in this. I’d probably need some questions or something or be able to prepare some notes to talk to rather than trying to talk ad-lib for half an hour. I could prepare something interesting with a theme of how we got to now with daylight saving time by looking at what happened in the past. I haven’t used Skype before but I guess I can download it and figure it out.
      Regards
      Chris

      • Chris, that would be great! Skype is a good tool. We actually spoke w/ Peter McPhee (University of Melbourne) using it. I’ll work on getting you some questions. Can you email me: ianskotte@gmail.com
        We’ll work on setting up a date and time there.
        Cheers!
        Ian

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